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Mini-Medical School Series Begins October 8

'Understanding the Cardiovascular System' is the theme of a six-part mini-medical school presentation set to begin on October 8.


The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute is sponsoring the series as part of its year long tenth anniversary celebration. The programs will be presented on successive Tuesdays beginning October 8 and concluding on November 12.


The series begins with an overview of how the cardiovascular system works, setting the stage for more in-depth talks by experts on topics such as peripheral arterial disease, treating heart and circulatory problems with cardiac and vascular surgery, managing heart rhythms, and the use of medication to help prevent cardiovascular disease.


The series will feature the following:


October 8 � �The Visualized Heart� with cardiologist David Abisalih, M.D.


Heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability. In this introductory session, Abisalih will discuss how the cardiovascular system works. The beating heart will be demonstrated on a simulator.


October 15 � �Oh My Aching Legs�
with physician assistants Danielle George and Kevin Quigley.


Venous disease is the impairment of blood flow through veins towards the heart. George and Quigley will discuss the complex system of leg veins and various complications, including varicose veins.


October 22 � �Innovations in Vascular Disease � Part 1: Treatment of Carotid Artery Disease� with vascular surgeon Michael Ricci, M.D., and endovascular surgeon April Nedeau, M.D.


October 29 � �Innovations in Vascular Disease � Part 2: Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms� with vascular surgeon Michael Ricci, M.D., and endovascular surgeon April Nedeau, M.D.


At the October 22 and 29 presentations, the surgeons will discuss carotid artery disease and abdominal aortic aneurysms, respectively, focusing on emerging less-invasive treatments.


November 5 � �Keeping the Beat�
with electrophysiologist Guru Mohanty, M.D.


Mohanty will discuss the heart�s electrical system and the effect of irregular heart rhythms. He will explain how pacemakers, internal defibrillators, and other devices are used to manage heart rhythms.


November 12 � �Statins for All?�
with cardiologist William Phillips, M.D.


Statins are frequently prescribed for individuals who have not experienced a cardiac event such as a heart attack, but have high cholesterol levels that contribute to cardiovascular disease. Phillips will discuss how secondary prevention, such as the use of statins to reduce cholesterol, can be used in concert with primary prevention, which includes a proper diet and exercise, to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular disease.


Each installment of the series will be presented from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing and Health Professions, 70 Middle Street, Lewiston.


Interpreter services are available upon advance request.


Anyone wishing to register for any of the programs, or seeking more information, is urged to visit www.cmmc.org/events, call 795-8448 or email prevention@cmhc.org




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